Gerye Burson, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away on December 29, 2017 peacefully in his home at the age of 84. Born in Carthage, MO on December 3, 1933 he was the son of John O. and Nellie (Willis) Burson.
Gerye was raised in Mount Vernon, MO. The Burson family were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon where he attended regularly. Gerye graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1951 where he was awarded All American for football and was the captain of the team and won the coveted Marble Bowl. He was recruited by Don Farout with a full scholarship to the University of Missouri-Columbia for football, where he played as a half-back. At the end of his third year at Missouri, Gerye was drafted into the Army for two years where he was credited for saving two soldiers lives and was awarded a Soldiers Medal in 1955. His entire Army career was served at Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX during the Korean War. He returned to the University of Missouri and graduated in 1957 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Rural Banking. In 1957, he was married in KC, KS and moved to Springfield, MO where he had 2 children, Doug and Suzanne. Gerye began his career with Missouri Portland Cement as a salesman. He moved to St. Louis and became sales manager for Mo. Portland and then transferred to Kansas City, MO as Vice President of Sales. During his career, he was awarded National Manager of the Year in 1985. Gerye survived three company transitions: Missouri Portland Cement to Davenport to Cementia to LaFarge North America. On December 7, 1985, he married the love of his life, Mary Pat Barr. Gerye was a member of the Elks, American Legion, Blue Springs Country Club and the MU Jefferson Club. Gerye enjoyed tennis, traveling, golfing, playing cards, good friends and family and all things MIZZOU. Gerye was an avid golfer having nine holes in one.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John O. and Nellie Burson, his brothers John (Jane) Burson, JB Burson, and sisters, Ruth (Bill) Sherrel, Bernice (Marshall) Shelton, Mary Sue (Jack) Dickerson. He is survived by his wife, Mary Pat Barr Burson, his son, G. Douglas Burson, his grandson, Quinntin Gerye Burson and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation and memorial service at the Elks Lodge, 100 NE Brizendine in Blue Springs on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 4PM. The service will be followed by a celebration of life at the Elks Lodge. A memorial graveside service will be held on Memorial Day weekend at the IOOF Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. The Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Gerye and condolences may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.Print Obituary